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Michelle Williams was Oscar-nominated for her critically-acclaimed performance as Monroe in Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn (2011). The movie centered on Monroe's fraught relationship with her then co-star Laurence Olivier, played by Kenneth Branagh, during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in Britain.
Reflecting upon the role, Williams said: "Gosh, sometimes I can't even believe I did it because the challenges were just...
"In a way, you had to remove the fact that she was an »
Black Box, ABC‘s latest drama, feels a lot like a show created by committee, and constructed largely by piecing together ratings research of plot and character points. A little bit House, a hint of Grey’s Anatomy, and a heaping dose of the hokey, “we’re calling you stupid,” plot construction of Scandal… et voilà. Of course, if those last two are among your favorite shows, welcome to your new obsession.
Dr. Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is the world’s most impressive and important neurologist… or whatever. She’s so cool that she has her own facility in New York City. Known as “The Cube,” it’s all neurology, all the time, and Dr. Black runs the show. But, »
- Marc Eastman
It was just three years ago that Michelle Williams earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week With Marilyn, but already another big screen portrayal of the Hollywood legend is in the works. Today, the project has found an actress to take on the role. The Wrap is reporting that Jessica Chastain is now attached to play Monroe in Andrew Dominik's upcoming drama Blonde. Chastain, who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, isn't the first actress to come aboard the project, as Naomi Watts signed on to star all the way back in 2010. In case you couldn't tell, this film has been around for quite a while, but now it appears it's finally starting to get in motion. The movie will be an adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Joyce Carol Oates. You can read »
• Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is reportedly the front-runner to antagonize James Bond in the next film in the series. According to the report, no offer has been made yet. Daniel Craig will return to star as 007, and Sam Mendes, who directed him in Skyfall, is returning to direct. Production is supposed to begin this summer on Bond 24, scheduled for a Nov. 6, 2015, release date. [The Wrap]
• Ryan Reynolds is set to join the Helen Mirren pic Woman in Gold about a WWII survivor determined to reclaim paintings from the Austrian government. Reynolds will play Mirren’s character’s attorney, while Rush »
- Lindsey Bahr
Not too long ago, we learned that Andrew Garfield was going to join Helen Mirren in the World War II drama Woman in Gold. Using what feels like a story set after the events of The Monuments Men, the film follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis. Garfield was meant to play the attorney, but now Deadline reports Ryan Reynolds is surprisingly stepping into the dramatic role for The Weinstein Company film from director Simon Curtis. After a series of poorly performing films, it looks like Reynolds is ready to shake his career up a bit, and we're certainly interested to see how he fares, especially knowing how well he worked in films like Safe House and Buried. In addition, »
- Ethan Anderton
Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a Jewish WWII survivor who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime.
Reynolds will play the attorney who took his case, whilst Bruhl will play his adversary. Filming begins in May.
The movie follows a group of videogame experts who are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat.
Source: Deadline & Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Helen Mirren stars in this biography of Maria Altmann, who was a Jewish WWII survivor that took action against the Austrian government to retrieve multiple stolen Gustav Klimt paintings. Ryan Reynolds is portraying her attorney with Daniel Brühl up for the role of the attorney on the opposite side of the case.
Production is slated to begin this May. »
Let's all take a moment to thank Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds and the sensational foreign actors he's managed to bring into Hollywood's spotlight through it, like Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, and Daniel Brühl. Since Inglourious Basterds debuted, the Barcelona born Brühl has been popping up in a slew of American movies from the horror-thriller Intruders, to the cheeky indie sequel 2 Days In New York, and to a double dose of docudramas with Rush and The Fifth Estate. Fitting then that he's now in talks for Woman in Gold, another drama that has found its inspiration in real life. Deadline reports Brühl has entered into negotiations to co-star in The Weinstein Company's Woman In Gold, which will be directed by My Week With Marilyn helmer Simon Curtis. Should he sign on, Brühl would join a cast that includes Ryan Reynolds and Helen »
A story of noble heroes battling to protect priceless artworks stolen from their rightful owners during the Second World War? It sounded like Oscar bait when George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" first turned up on the horizon, and we all know how that turned out. Might it turn out any better with Helen Mirren and Harvey Weinstein leading the charge? The Oscar-winning actress has signed on for The Weinstein Company's "Woman in Gold," the true-life tale of Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann, who entered a legal battle with the Austrian government to retrieve a number of Gustav Klimt paintings taken from her family during the war. Ryan Reynolds is committed to play the lawyer who takes on her case; Daniel Brühl is in talks to play the opposition. TV-trained British director Simon Curtis, who steered Michelle Williams to an Oscar nomination in the Weinsteins' "My Week With Marilyn," is on board, »
- Guy Lodge
He may have starred in two of the worst blockbusters of recent years -- “Green Lantern” and “R.I.P.D.” -- but don’t hold that against him, given the right film and role (like this year’s “The Voices”) Ryan Reynolds can shine. Deadline reports Reynolds will stay in the arthouse world with a role in the Helen Mirren-starring “Woman In Gold” alongside Daniel Bruhl, who’s in negotiations with The Weinstein Company. Reynolds will play the lawyer — replacing Andrew Garfield, who was linked to the role earlier this year — for Mirren’s Jewish WWII survivor, fighting the Austrian government to recover lost art stolen from her family by the Nazis. “My Week With Marilyn” helmer Simon Curtis will direct the film. Multi-hyphenate James Franco is all set to return to the “based on a true story” well. Per Vulture, Franco will play “Michael Glatze, a gay activist who leaves San Francisco, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Ryan Reynolds has been cast in Woman in Gold.
The Simon Curtis-directed biopic is based on the life of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who launched a legal battle in the 1980s to reclaim five paintings by Gustav Klimt which were stolen by the Nazis.
These included The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which alone is priced at over $130 million (£78 million).
The film was previously titled The Golden Lady.
Reynolds will take on the role of Altmann's attorney, who takes on the case despite his ignorance about art.
Brühl is in line for the role of his adversary.
Alexi Kaye Campbell is working on the screenplay about Altmann, »
According to Deadline.com, the flick revolves around a Jewish WWII survivor, Maria Altmann, who fought the Austrian government to get back few paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family.
- Rahul Kapoor
Mirren will play Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria who was able to reclaim five family-owned paintings by the artist Gustav Klimt that were stolen by the Nazis. Reynolds will play her attorney and Bruhl will play his adversary.
Altmann became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1945. She filed suit in federal court in 2000 to recover the paintings and received a favorable ruling U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2004 that Austria was not immune from a suit.
In 2006, an arbitration panel of three Austrian judges found that Austria was legally required to return the art to Altmann and the other family heirs. »
- Dave McNary
Not too long ago, we heard about an interesting project called The Woman In Gold. It was set to star Helen Mirren with Andrew Garfield joining her in a supporting role. Today, the film is making headlines again but it appears that there’s been some casting shake-ups. Deadline is reporting that Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Bruhl will be taking parts in the film. There’s no mention of Garfield in the news story and considering that Reynolds is set for the role that the young actor was supposed to take, I think it’s safe to assume that the current Spider-Man is now out.
The Woman in Gold will be directed by Simon Curtis and tell the true story of Maria Altmann, “a Jewish survivor of WWII, who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime.” Reynolds »
- Matt Joseph
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has set Ryan Reynolds and is negotiating with Daniel Bruhl to join Helen Mirren in Woman In Gold, a fact-based story that Simon Curtis will direct in May. Mirren will play real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish WWII survivor who fought the Austrian government to get back several paintings by Gustav Klimt that were pilfered from her family during wartime. Reynolds will play the attorney who took his case despite knowing little about art, and Bruhl will play his adversary. David Thompson and Kris Thykier are producing, while the executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, Christine Langan for BBC and Ed Rubin. The script was written by Alexi Kay Campbell. The film reunites Harvey Weinstein with Curtis, who most recently directed My Week With Marilyn for TWC. Reynolds just finished Mississippi Grind for directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, and he is the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The Monuments Men may not have been critically adored, but that hasn't stopped The Weinstein Company from setting up another drama based on the Nazi art thefts of WWII. Woman In Gold is a different prospect, however, since the art in question wasn't returned to its owner until 2006, following a bitterly-fought court battle. Simon Curtis is directing the film, which will star Helen Mirren as the real-life Maria Altmann. She'll be supported by Ryan Reynolds as an attorney who takes her case, and Daniel Bruhl as Reynolds' adversary in court.The Woman In Gold herself is not a person but a portrait by Gustav Klimt, depicting Altmann's aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer. It was one of five Klimt paintings deemed to belong to Altmann by the Us Supreme Court, which ruled that she could sue for their return from the Austrian Gallery in Vienna in 2004.Two years later she emerged from the case victorious. »
Ryan Reynolds has taken a leading role opposite Helen Mirren in The Weinstein Company's The Woman in Gold (previously The Golden Lady ), an upcoming biopic of Maria Altmann. Deadline has the news, reporting that Daniel Bruhl ( Rush , The Fifth Estate ) is also negotiating for a part. The Woman in Gold , scripted by Alexi Kay Campbell, details Altmann's (Mirren) real-life quest to recover from the Austrian government five pieces of Gustav Klimt artwork stolen from her family during World War II. Reynolds will play Altmann's lawyer with Bruhl targeting the role of an attorney on the opposite side of the case. Simon Curtis, best known for helming My Week with Marilyn , is directing. (Photo Credit: Joseph Marzullo / Andres Otero / WENN.com) »
Downton Abbey's Lady Cora on her other life as the singer with Sadie and the Hotheads and why she can't act like a lady on the road
As Elizabeth McGovern outlines her itinerary for the past two weeks, one is tempted to commiserate with her: Basingstoke, Basildon, Bradford, Stevenage. It shouldn't happen to a 52-year-old actress once nominated for an Oscar and seen most recently as Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey. But if it has been a privation touring with Sadie and the Hotheads, a seven-piece blues-folk band of which she is lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter, then she is skilled at hiding it.
"We're having the time of our lives!" says McGovern and it's clear she means it. "We are all in a splitter van and sharing rooms at Travelodges; this isn't the luxury rock star tour, but that's part of the fun. You know, »
- Tim Lewis
Films about Nazi stolen art seem to be all the rage right now! After the recent release of The Monuments Men, it now seems that another movie will be tackling a rather similar issue of stolen art, although from a less action-oriented and more courtroom focused perspective.
The Woman In Gold is set to star Dame Helen Mirren, who just over a week ago received the BAFTA Fellowship award, and joining her will be none other than The Amazing Spider-man 3′s biggest star Andrew Garfield. Under the direction of Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn), the film follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg to take legal action against the Austrian government in order to recover art works that once belonged to her family and were stolen by the Nazis. And if this cast was not spectacular enough, it is rumoured that Daniel »
- Tina Baraga
Along with the news that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be directed by Marc Webb, there were rumblings that Sony Pictures intends on releasing some sort of Spider-Man film every year starting in 2016, with spin-offs like Venom and The Sinister Six coming between the staple franchise films. That means Andrew Garfield is going to be pretty busy over the next few years, and in between these blockbuster roles, he's taking on smaller dramas. Garfield is already on board Silence from Martin Scorsese and 99 Houses with Michael Shannon, and now The Daily Mail reports he'll star in The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren. The film comes from director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn), and follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Garfield) to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis. »
- Ethan Anderton
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